That's pretty interesting Smolin. I have found the transition between mediums somewhat advancing, traditional art speaking, in that it has made my work more confident, especially when it comes to line work and colour aplication.
Kazuma: I have been painting digitally for about 6 months or so and I find the tablet to be very expedient, especially for adding colour. The first few paintings I did I simply colour picked from reference pictures taken from the internet. But, now I prefer to mess with different colours from the colour chart like I would have if I was painting traditionally. A sort of 'dip in and see' approach.
I think it's important to get over any snobbery that so often creeps into art too. For example, feeling like you are somehow cheating if you trace an image, or overlay a textured picture onto your art. Use these and other methods in your work. It will be helpful with getting to grips with the tablet at the very least to follow some underlying structures.
There is another advantage that I find comes from working digitally and that is it's very easy to try out lots of ideas without loosing the rest of your work. After all, you're working with ones and zeros, so the process is clean and precise when it comes to trying out colours or editing your lines. That's my thinking anyway! Hope it was helpful.